Photo from on February 22, 2013 shows activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat at a protest against the Pakistani forces operation in Quetta. The ASWJ has announced it will take out further demonstrations on Sunday blocking all major national highways linking Quetta to Karachi, Jacobabad, Taftan and Afghanistan. —AFP Photo

QUETTA: At least seven persons were injured Saturday when gunmen opened fire on a rally of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) here at Liaquat Baazar, downtown area of the provincial capital, police said.

Deputy Inspector General Police Operations Fayyaz Sumbal said unknown motorcyclists opened fire at a crowd in the bazaar, injuring seven people, including a child.

Sumbal said the injured were rushed to hospitals for medical treatment. He added that the assailants had managed to escape from the site of the incident.

Soon after the shooting, leaders and workers of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) reached Civil Hospital Quetta and staged a sit-in to protest against the incident.

Reacting to the incident ASWJ activists also blocked Jinnah Road.

The ASWJ has announced it will take out further demonstrations on Sunday blocking all major national highways linking Quetta to Karachi, Jacobabad, Taftan and Afghanistan.

Updated Feb 23, 2013 11:17am

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Feb 23, 2013 03:22pm
ASWJ is trying to give a bad name to peace loving sunni's also. They have nothing to do with common sunni's.
Feb 24, 2013 11:47am
in my experience ASWJ is a sectarian outfit spreading hatred of shia's and it should be banned. its leaders should be arrested under prevention of public disorder act. anyone else spreading hatred should also go to jail.
Feb 23, 2013 10:07am
What a shame for the goverance ! Is it the time to go after the law enforcements or to take terrorist to justice or pick up guns ? No one would come to resue and find the solution- neither PPP,ML Q,ANP ML N.
Feb 25, 2013 03:04am
stop their source of funding and undo the brainwashing from curriculum so future generations do not follow the same path.
Feb 23, 2013 05:12pm
ASWJ protest against the killing and arrest of LEJ terrorists shows that they are also involved in the genocide of innocent hazara. I demand government, military and high court to ban terror organization of LEJ and ASWJ immediately.
Fahim Khan, Canada
Feb 23, 2013 05:12pm
Terrorists and their vehicles photos should be sent to CJ
Feb 23, 2013 05:58pm
I thought Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) was an officially banned terrorist group in Pakistan; these people are not activists; these are unarmed Islamic militants, people who openly support terrorism and hate crimes. A. “7 activists shot during pro-sectarian protest rally” B. “7 terrorist sympathizers shot during protest gathering” C. “7 militants shot during a brief retaliation strike at pro-ASWJ protest” D. “Islamic militants gunned down during government banned pro-ASWJ gathering” Speculation from sources indicates a growing number of Pakistanis are beginning to take a more intolerant stance, regarding public demonstrations held by officially banned terrorist groups of the Pakistan government. Sources did not speculate on who or what group was behind the attack. Inquiring minds would like to know.
Feb 23, 2013 07:03pm
Finally they get to taste the flavor of their medicine!
Feb 23, 2013 07:49pm
And the FC girls of Baluchistan are witnessing this upheaval on the sidelines....instead of allowing them to hold rallies, these criminals should be behind the bars, in the gallows
Feb 23, 2013 08:40pm
it is fake fake event. no one has been killed. only wounded.u should catch the assailants on spot. it would be aswj leader.
Feb 24, 2013 02:05am
Not to disrespect but just put a glance on these (Extreme Religious) crowds! Majority seems to have made religion their profession! No educated, otherwise modern person is seen among them! What skills can be found among these extremists? How do they earn their livings? Do they even bother their brains to learn some modern science or just fill it with hatred? Pakistan must make it clear who can live in Pakistan, good, benefitial skilled citizens or non-skilled, non-tolerant extremist hateful citizens? Who is better Pakistani? Why the majority ruling powers in Pakistan act like blinds? Except Punjab, rest of Pakistan is infected with disease of hatred! A honest question is: Can these extremists run a country? Can these non-tolerant elements accept non-Muslim countries to have business with Pakistan? Where is justice and sincerity in Pakistan?